Waking Amy by Julieann Dove

It’s funny to me how some romance novels will make you want to find your very own prince charming, but then there are others that will really make you think twice about getting married. This book fell into the latter category for me.

What’s it About? 

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Amy Whitfield is blindsided when she comes home and finds a note on the fridge from her husband, Wesley, stating that after four years of marriage, he’s leaving her. Amy was in the midst of trying to spice things up, to bring life back to their boring marriage. It seems now that she was too late. As Amy sits with her head between her knees, trying to figure out what to do next, a call comes from Mercer General Hospital. The ER nurse is telling Amy’s answering machine that Wesley has been in a car accident.

When Amy arrives at the hospital, she finds her husband in a coma. The doctors say there is no sign of brain damage, and Wesley will eventually wake up. Relieved, Amy sees this as her second chance: the chance to get it right this time. To channel the girl Wesley won’t leave when he regains consciousness… She just needs some help to pull it off. After all, she was voted girl most likely to die a virgin in high school.

Amy would never figure on getting that help from Mark Reilly…Wesley’s doctor! He’s a non-committer, too-cute-for-his-own-good bachelor, and completely the guy Amy begins falling for. It’s a race against time to see who wakes up first—Amy or her husband.

First Impressions

Something that I really liked about this book was it’s ability to show the difference between changing who you really are in order to please someone else, vs. finding someone who draws you out of your comfort zone to try new things you never would have considered before. This is really the main difference between Amy’s interactions with her husband Wesley, and the handsome doctor Mark.


When it comes to her husband, Amy feels that if she can become a new person who is completely opposite from who she was before Wesley’s accident, he will fall back in love with her. This is obviously a big no-no. With Mark though? When she’s with him she’s tempted to try new things, but she’s still the same person. In a way, he’s inspiring her to be bold while still being herself. Ahhh, sigh.


This book took a risk…a big one. Having Amy start to fall for her husband’s doctor while he lays in a coma? However, we as the readers can see pretty clearly that Wesley was kind of a douche. That alone doesn’t necessarily excuse her locking lips with Mark, but the fact that Wesley basically broke up with her in a note he left on their refrigerator makes you root for Mark and Amy to bump uglies.


As the novel progresses, we hear even more examples from both Amy, as well as her twin sister Ashley, how Wesley isn’t really a guy worth changing for. I’ll admit, it was frustrating at times when Amy couldn’t see this for herself, and was still so adamant about becoming someone else entirely to win back Wesley. Open your eyes girlfriend! You deserve so much better!!

Death of a Relationship

This novel does have it’s fabulously silly moments, especially when Amy pretends to be Mark’s pregnant wife at a few work functions. However, it also has a more serious side, with some sadder moments built in. In addition to showing Amy starting something new with Mark, a large focus of this novel is on the fact that her relationship with Wesley is ending.


At the start, we sort of see how Amy is viewing her entire time with Wesley through rose tinted glasses, but towards the end she starts to take those glasses off. And what she sees is a reality that isn’t so pretty. She sees how many years of her life were wasted on this man. The novel also presents us with a few other couples who stayed together in unhappy and loveless marriages for years in order to avoid divorce at all costs. In a way, it was kind of depressing, but importantly shows that things aren’t always perfect after saying “I do.”

*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*

Series: Amy, book 1.

Should you read it? On the one hand, it sort of made me question if every marriage is doomed to fizzle out over time. However, I also loved the moments when we get to see Amy and Mark just having fun with each other. There were moments when she wasn’t trying to change for Wesley, and she could just be carefree with Mark. Those were my favorite.

Smut Level: Highlight was when Mark showed Amy what a real kiss with passion is all about. Not to mention when he pushed her up against the wall by the front door entryway. Kissing is all we get though!

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $0.99 Kindle Price. Self-Published. 246 Pages.

8 thoughts on “Waking Amy by Julieann Dove

  1. Awesome and well-developed review!! I got so much insight from reading your thoughts on Amy. I’m writing the third and final book in the series, and I needed to familiarize myself with just who Amy is! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your thoughts. It is a truly wonderful review. 🙂

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